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The CPCC is The Canadian Private Copying Collective. The Canadian Parliament included in the Copyright Act some years ago, at the behest of several industry groups including the music and film industries, a levy to be charged on all blank recording media (i.e. CD's, DVD's, etc.) which all consumers must pay.

These levies are hidden in the cost of purchasing said media at retailers based on the presumption that consumers will inevitably burn (i.e. duplicate) copyrighted intellectual property onto this media for primarily personal use and consequently deny artists, studios and publishing companies fair and due royalties for what is tantamount to copying their work without compensation. This is no fault of consumers but merely a reality and happenstance of technology which has been allowing consumers to copy the work of others since the days of reel-to-reel, 8-track, and cassette tape recording devices.

This levy, or fee, is collected by the CPCC and is redistributed to the various industries and by virtue their respective artists, authors, studios, etc. This is an attempt to compensate the producers of intellectual property who argue they have long been denied fair compensation. Who receives what and how much is governed by the respective industries and collectives and is agreed upon, in large part, by the guilds, unions and corporations who are engaged in selling the works of artists, musicians, actors, producers, etc.

However, if you are a business or institution, whether for profit or not, and you use blank, bulk media in the normal course of your organizations activities and this media is not used for any one individual's personal use, OR you resell blank media that is silk-screened (like we do), you can get an exemption to pay this levy which can be as high as $0.29 per unit. All that is required is an application made to the CPCC by your organization to get an exemption. You are generally given a number and are listed on the CPCC's on-line database as a registrant. Those who have been given an exemption must report periodically who they have sold to and how much. So long as the importer, and/or the distributor, and/or the buyer is registered, no levy need be charged nor collected.

It generally takes several days to receive either a temporary or permanent exemption number (if you are a buyer), and several weeks to be registered as an importer or distributor. Doing so can realize a significant cost savings for any business or organization. At $15 per year (plus tax) for non-profits and $60 per year (plus tax) for for-profit organizations, along with some elemental record keeping, it is a small price to pay for potentially saving thousands and even tens-of-thousands of dollars over the same time period. This is obviously dependent on ones volume purchasing requirements.

To learn more about the CPCC and how it works, please visit their website at: http://www.cpcc.ca/en/